Council to Invest £55K to Make Henley Sparkle This Christmas

At the Full Council meeting this week Town Councillors approved to spend up to £55K on new Christmas lighting for the town.

Although the final specification has not yet been decided, a report by Town Clerk, Sheridan Jacklin-Edwards detailed improvements and recommendations for this year’s display after many residents and retailers complained about lights last year.

The cross-street festoon lighting in Market Place, Bell Street, Duke Street and Hart Street will be replaced with a similar design that will be kept up all year round (as before) with festive ray burst motifs being added for the Christmas period. Market Place trees will be lit with festoon lighting and a snowflake light pattern will be projected on to the pavement. New additions could see two lamppost mounted stars added by Henley Bridge, a walkthrough lit bauble at St Mary’s Church (subject to gaining permission) plus another festoon lit tree on Hart Street opposite St Mary’s Church.

The Council have already committed to spend £12,000 on an electrical survey for the Christmas tree lights and £9,000 on new dual purpose small Christmas tree/flag pole brackets.  They have will also be funding the purchase of the small Christmas trees and lights rather than asking individual businesses to purchase a tree each year.  It is hoped that the all the costs will be offset by a new sponsorship scheme to raise £25,000, £8,000 of which has been raised so far.

The final specification will be agreed by the Town Clerk in consultation with Town Manager and the Chair and Vice Chair of the Events Sub Committee.

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